Interreg project URBFORDAN protects urban forests in the Danube regionSeven European cities in the Danube region joined forces under the URBFORDAN project to develop their forest areas sustainably. This ensured that flora and fauna can continue to thrive and that they remain spaces where locals and tourists can enjoy nature.
" ‘By implementing the URBFORDAN project and adopting urban forest development strategies, Ljubljana and six partner cities are preserving the cities' green lungs, thus ensuring that urban forests will be properly managed and remain places for recreation and education.’ "
Each participating city provided its own pilot area where sustainable forest management practices were tested and new facilities installed. These were Golovec hill in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Hármashatár hill in Budapest (Hungary), Făget forest in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Danube Island in Vienna (Austria), Grmoščica hill in Zagreb (Croatia), Avala in Belgrade (Serbia) and Vovchynets hill in Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine).
The project cities installed nature trails, new equipment, facilities and educational displays, and cooperated on strategic plans for their forests. National forest management organisations from Croatia and Slovenia provided expertise. The project lead partner, the city of Ljubljana, was Green Capital of Europe 2016.
Protecting green lungs
URBFORDAN stands for ‘Management and Utilisation of Urban Forests as Natural Heritage in Danube Cities’. The seven cities have about 35 km2 of urban forest. These spaces are vital for residents to take a break from the often frantic pace of city life, recharge and connect with nature.
But with a combined population of almost 6.5 million people and over 15 million visitors every year, these green lungs are coming under pressure. This requires cities to find new ways of managing their urban and peri-urban forests to balance the need for recreational spaces with the preservation of biodiversity.
Catering for all ages
In Vienna, a nature trail was developed with interactive information areas for children and adults. In Cluj-Napoca, a series of educational and recreational activities were provided for school pupils. Other, cost-effective measures to support conservation included setting up new litter bins and 'insect hotels'.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project 'URBFORDAN – Management and Utilisation of Urban Forests as Natural Heritage in Danube Cities' is EUR 2 788 566, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, European Neighbourhood Instrument and Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance contributing EUR 2 370 281through the Interreg “Danube Transnational” Operational Programme for the 2014-2020 programming period.
AustriaÖsterreich Ostösterreich Burgenland Niederösterreich Wien Südösterreich Kärnten Steiermark Westösterreich Oberösterreich Salzburg Tirol Vorarlberg
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo
CzechiaČeská Republika Praha Střední Čechy Jihozápad Severozápad Severovýchod Jihovýchod Střední Morava Moravskoslezsko
CroatiaHrvatska Jadranska Hrvatska Kontinentalna Hrvatska
HungaryHungary Kozep-Magyarorszag Közép-Magyarország Dunantul Közép-Dunántúl Nyugat-Dunántúl Dél-Dunántúl Alfold Es Eszak Észak-Magyarország Észak-Alföld Dél-Alföld
ItalyItaly Nord Ovest Piemonte Valle D'Aosta Liguria Lombardia Sud Abruzzo Molise Campania Puglia Basilicata Calabria Isole Sicilia Sardegna Nord-Est Provincia Autonoma Di Bolzano Provincia Autonoma Di Trento Veneto Friuli-Venezia Giulia Emilia-Romagna Centro (It) Toscana Umbria Marche Lazio
RomaniaRomania Macroregiunea Unu Nord-Vest Centru Macroregiunea Doi Nord-Est Sud-Est Macroregiunea Trei Sud - Muntenia Bucuresti - Ilfov Macroregiunea Patru Sud-Vest Oltenia Vest
SloveniaSlovenija Vzhodna Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija
FundEuropean Regional Development Fund
ProgrammeInterreg TN - Danube
Thematic ObjectiveEnvironmental protection & resource efficiency
Project duration01/2018 - 09/2021
Total Investment2 788 567 EUR
EU Investment2 370 282 EUR
Ministry of Finance Hungary, Danube Transnational Programme Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat
Budapest, József nádor tér 2-4.
City of Ljubljana
Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 21000 , Ljubljana